An inside-painted crystal thumb ring Ma Shaoxuan, Studio for Listening to the Qin, Ox Street district, Beijing, dated 1898 (the thumb ring: 1740–1898)
Lot 96
An inside-painted crystal thumb ring Ma Shaoxuan, Studio for Listening to the Qin, Ox Street district, Beijing, dated 1898 (the thumb ring: 1740–1898)
Sold for HK$ 325,000 (US$ 41,864) inc. premium

Lot Details
An inside-painted crystal thumb ring Ma Shaoxuan, Studio for Listening to the Qin, Ox Street district, Beijing, dated 1898 (the thumb ring: 1740–1898) An inside-painted crystal thumb ring Ma Shaoxuan, Studio for Listening to the Qin, Ox Street district, Beijing, dated 1898 (the thumb ring: 1740–1898) An inside-painted crystal thumb ring Ma Shaoxuan, Studio for Listening to the Qin, Ox Street district, Beijing, dated 1898 (the thumb ring: 1740–1898)
An inside-painted crystal thumb ring
Ma Shaoxuan, Studio for Listening to the Qin, Ox Street district, Beijing, dated 1898 (the thumb ring: 1740–1898)
Sold with accompanying watercolour by Peter Suart
2.88cm diam.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 4, no. 582

    水晶內畫花蝶圖搬指
    搬指﹕1740~1898
    內畫﹕馬少宣,北京牛街,1898年

    An inside-painted thumb ring

    Flawless crystal, ink, watercolours, and silver; of cylindrical form with the upper rim concave and the lower one rounded; painted on the inside with a continuous scene of seven butterflies of different species in a flower-strewn meadow, inscribed in regular script 'Executed in early spring in the year wuxu by Ma Shaoxuan', followed by two seals of the artist, Shao and xuan, both in negative seal script, the interior lined with silver to protect the painting
    Ring: 1740–1898
    Painting: Ma Shaoxuan, Studio for Listening to the Qin, Ox Street district, Beijing, early spring 1898
    Height: 1.42 cm
    Diameter: 2.88 cm

    Condition: Thumb ring: tiny indentation to the silver on the top rim. Painting: studio condition, but silver backing has oxidized, giving the painting a smoky-looking background.

    Illustration:
    Watercolour by Peter Suart

    Provenance:
    Emily Byrne Curtis
    Sotheby's, London, 2 July 1984, lot 295

    Published:
    Stevens 1976, no. 851
    Kleiner 1987, no. 283
    Treasury 4, no. 582

    Exhibited:
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993
    Christie's, London, 1999

    Artists of the Beijing school of Zhou Leyuan rarely produced works of art other than snuff bottles, the exceptions being Ding Erzhong, who produced a range of other arts; Ma Shaoxuan, who left behind a few calligraphic works and this archer's thumb ring; and Ye Zhongsan, whose Apricot Grove Studio produced two miniature vases dated 1916 and 1917 (JICSBS, Spring 1984, p. 54, fig. 150 and p. 56, figs. 156 and 156a).

    水晶內畫花蝶圖搬指

    無瑕水晶、墨、水彩、銀;上緣凹,下緣方圓形,內畫通體花卉蝴蝶圖,題曰﹕"歡天喜地,戊戌初春馬少宣作",以白文"少"、"宣"二篆印結尾,為了保護內畫,內壁加銀襯裏
    搬指﹕1740–1898
    內畫﹕馬少宣,北京牛街,1898年初春
    高﹕ 1.42 厘米
    直徑﹕2.88 厘米

    狀態敘述: 搬指﹕上緣的銀呈微小的凹口。內畫﹕出齋狀態,可是因為銀襯氧化了,畫的背景有煙霧彌滿的樣子

    帶有彼德小話 (Peter Suart) 水彩畫

    來源:
    艾米莉.比爾內.科蒂絲
    倫敦蘇富比, 1984年7月2日,拍賣品號 295

    文獻﹕
    Stevens 1976, 編號 851
    Kleiner 1987, 編號 283
    Treasury 4, 編號 582

    展覽﹕
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd.,倫敦,1987年10月
    Creditanstalt, 維也納, 1993年5月~6月
    倫敦佳士得,1999年

    周樂元的北京流派很少作鼻煙壺以外的作品。例外的有丁二仲、馬少宣、及葉仲三。丁二仲有一系列他類的作品。馬少宣遺傳兩件書法作品。葉仲三的杏林齋出了兩件小型花瓶,有1916年及1917年的題記(《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1984年春期,頁 54, 圖 150 及頁 56, 圖 156 及156a)。
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